I have a plethora of USB drives and network drives to store data around the home and at the office. I purchased the MyBook World Edition Network drive with the intent to store data over the wire. The device has a USB port on it and I ASSUMED I could plug in directly and make it a USB drive to transfer files from my computer. So, I recently tried to load one with about 500 gigs of data to store offsite. The device would not mount on any of my computers and after a while I got quite frustrated.
I then tried to plug it into the WD tv, and it failed there too.
After RE-reading the webiste I learned that the USB port on most of these devices is to extend the drives storage and not as a port to connect computer. So the lesson – when purchasing external storage devices be sure HOW you can transfer data – and trust me it is worth the extra $10 to get the ones with the additional transfer methods.
Don’t get burned – read the Specifications and don’t assume.